It’s hard to miss this new Xbox controversy: Microsoft – according to internal sources/leaks – is planning to ship a big chunk, if not all, of its first-party titles. This string of claims kicked off with whispers for Hi-Fi Rush & Sea of Thieves. But this then swelled when more reports continued to point towards other releases including Starfield and even the upcoming Indiana Jones and the Great Circle as well.
More interesting were the comments saying otherwise a few weeks prior. In one comment, Disney executive Sean Shoptaw told Axios Gaming at the time it was not concerned about disregarding a multiplatform release. Additionally, Microsoft was preparing to ramp up its licensed releases with the recent reveal for Marvel’s Blade just one month prior at The Game Awards.
And now amid the current development concerning Xbox’s future plans, there is still no confirmation on where Marvel’s Blade is planning to pledge allegiance to. While it is expected to be unique to Xbox, it was never clarified. So given the opportunity, VG24/7 questioned Bethesda on the matter. Crickets. The firm did not offer a response.
“We reached out to Bethesda in order to ask if Marvel’s Blade is an Xbox console exclusive and the company declined to comment.” Noted already, this project was already marked fishy in terms of its release plans as an Xbox-owned developer was not advertising an Xbox launch at the announcement. Even more, the game with an aimed release for 2027, it would be the minimum to at least verify its coming to the platform its parent company runs.
Ultimately, all will be answered, hopefully, come next week. In a statement on X, Microsoft Gaming Phil Spencer writes: “We’re listening and we hear you. We’ve been planning a business update event for next week, where we look forward to sharing more details with you about our vision for the future of Xbox.” You can read the full report by heading here.
What are your thoughts on this current development concerning Marvel’s Blade?